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Have you been burned or scalded by a faulty product, or as a result of an accident which was not your fault? You could be entitled to compensation and Jefferies serious injury solicitors could help you to claim it.

Over the years, our highly skilled and experienced serious injury solicitors have managed a diverse array of successful burn injury compensation claims including burns from heat and cold, burns from electricity, chemicals, and even minor friction burns. The most common causes of burn injuries are faulty goods or accidents in the workplace. Whether you’ve suffered 1st, 2nd or 3rd-degree burns, the serious injury solicitors at Jefferies can help you to win the compensation you deserve.

Call us today on 0800 342 3206 to discuss your needs. Our advisers will provide all of the information you need as quickly and simply as possible to help you to decide if you have grounds to make a claim. If you do, we could fight your claim on your behalf and win the right level of compensation.

How do I choose a burn injury claim solicitor?

  • Talk to us today. Our advisers provide free, no-obligation advice to help you to understand the best course of action, even if that means not making a claim. If you do wish to make a burn injury claim, we can explain the best way to do it.
  • Choose experience. Our serious injury lawyers have been winning burn injury cases all over the UK for years and whether your case involves hot fluid, chemicals or electricity we can provide a solicitor who knows exactly how to manage your claim.
  • Choose support. Burns can range in severity from short-term discomfort to permanent scarring or even amputation. Our serious injury solicitors don’t simply fight for compensation, they will assist in getting you the help and support that you and your family may need in the wake of your accident. Choose simplicity. We understand how distressing serious injuries can be and complex legal proceedings certainly do not help. That’s why we strive to make the whole process as simple as possible. We do all the hard work, compiling a case and handling all communication on your behalf. You focus on recovering your quality of life.

BURN AND SCALD INJURIES

Burns and scalds, no matter how small can often cause serious, life-changing injuries and can result in a lifetime of pain and suffering. The more serious burns and scalds can even cause damage to nerves, muscles, tendon damage, ligament damage permanent scarring and in some cases death.

In addition, burn scars will often contract, resulting in reduced mobility and in some cases lasting psychological trauma.

Depending on the severity of the burn or scald and the location on the body, victims may have to have body parts amputated, for example, if their arm has been seriously burnt, it may have to be removed. In addition, victims of burns or scalds may need extensive plastic or cosmetic surgery as well as a wide range of rehabilitation programs to aid in their recovery.

The expert solicitors at Jefferies deal with a wide variety of compensation claims involving burns with heat, but can also handle burns caused by cold, chemicals, electricity, sunlight, radiation or friction. The expert team of personal injury and burns compensation claims solicitors can also help victims who have been scalded by steam or hot liquids and help them claim the compensation they deserve all on a no win, no fee basis.

If you have suffered a burn or scald injury and you believe someone else is to blame, contact the expert burns and scalds team at Jefferies solicitors and get the compensation you deserve. Call on 0800 342 3206 or fill out our contact form here, and a member of our team will get in touch with you at a time that suits you.


BURN INJURIES AT WORK

Jefferies Solicitors have years of experience in managing No Win No Fee work injury claims for individuals who have suffered burns or scalds in the workplace. If burns, scars or lacerations were caused by an accident which wasn’t your fault you could be entitled to compensation and we could help you to win that compensation.

In the meantime, we can offer free, no obligation advice on your circumstances. Find out if you could be entitled to burn injury compensation by calling 0800 342 3206.

Workplace Burn Injury Claims

While some minor burns can be extremely painful, they tend to heal in a short amount of time, leaving no long-term scars or psychological effects. Unfortunately, some burns are more serious. They can lead to scars which remain for the rest of the individual’s life and also cause psychological problems and distress for the whole family unit.

If these serious burn injuries are acquired in an accident at work it may be possible to win compensation and we are perfectly positioned to win it for you. But that’s not all we can do.

Jefferies Solicitors have earned a fantastic reputation across the country for our sensitivity and during a workplace burn injury claim, the needs of the burn patient are at the forefront of our minds. To us, the individual and their well-being are far more important than a headline grabbing compensation sum.

What are burns, scars and lacerations?

Depending on the nature of your workplace accident, your injuries may take a number of forms. The most common workplace injuries are as follows:

  • Burns

Burns are common in industrial workplaces and kitchens. Burns are caused by extreme heat, but also extreme cold. Burns can also be caused by a number of chemicals.

  • Lacerations

Lacerations are also common, caused by breaks in the skin as a result of a cut or heavy impact. They are typically caused by contact with a blade or piece of machinery. They can also be caused by heavy falls.

  • Scars

Some burns or lacerations leave permanent remnants on the body known as scars. Scars occur once a burn has healed and can also be caused by surgical procedures. Scars can have lifelong consequences psychologically, particularly when they are visible to the public eye.

Can I make a burn injury at work claim?

Burns and scalds are actually fairly common injuries in certain industries. If you ply your trade in a workplace that contains extreme temperatures, chemicals or electrical equipment and machinery it is likely that you or somebody you know has sustained an injury such as a burn, scar or laceration.

If you have sustained any of these injuries due to a workplace accident which was not your fault, you could be entitled to compensation for the physical trauma caused and also for the psychological effects of the incident and the subsequent injuries.

Why choose Jefferies Solicitors for your burn injury at work claim?

We treat our clients like people, not numbers. After years of working with burn injury victims, we understand that the effects are more than just physical. These incidents can be extremely traumatic and when scars are permanent they can lead to serious psychological problems; particularly when those scars are very visible.

When the solicitors at Jefferies fight for compensation on your behalf, they take all of your psychological discomfort into account and make sure that the compensation your earn takes into account physical and psychological damages.

Beyond compensation, we pride ourselves on connecting our clients with the best rehabilitation services and counselling. Our aim is to help the individual to regain as much of their freedom and independence as possible. This requires the right treatment and medical expertise.

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What happens next?

If you or a loved one has suffered serious burns as a result of an accident which was not your fault it is important to get the legal advice you need and the compensation you deserve. Call Jefferies Solicitors today on 0800 342 3206 for more information. You can also enquire online. It really couldn’t be simpler.

Jefferies Solicitors are amongst the leading serious injury specialists in the country. We specialise in serious injury claims involving large amounts of compensation. We have been dealing with workplace accidents and burn injury claims for many years and we know that compensation is more than a payday; it is a much-needed opportunity for an individual to access the medical help and rehabilitation services they need. When we recommend medical specialists and care professionals, we are recommending the best people for the job.


BURN INJURY REHABILITATION

Rehabilitation is absolutely essential in the aftermath of a burn injury and it starts as soon as the burn has been treated. In truth, burn injury rehabilitation can last for months or even years and requires the expertise of a wide variety of professionals.

At Jefferies Solicitors, we don’t just fight for the compensation you deserve after a burn accident, which wasn’t your fault. We also ensure that you receive access to the best rehabilitation possible, from a team of the best medical experts.

Of course, the burn patient will have a role to play in their own rehabilitation process, as will their loved ones.

What is burn injury rehabilitation?

Rehabilitation for burn injury patients involves specialist care to assist their physical, psychological and social recovery after a serious burn injury. Most serious burn injuries will affect the individual in one or more of these areas.

Burns can cause contractures which when left untreated can cause lifelong disabilities. Burn injury rehabilitation may not lead to a full recovery from the effects of the injury but can minimise them. It can help the patient to regain some or all of their range of movement, in addition to minimising contractures and scars.

The goal is to help the patient to regain as much of their freedom and independence as possible. Their psychological and social wellbeing is at the forefront of this but is assisted by their physical progress.

How does rehabilitation for burn patients work?

Burn injury rehabilitation starts from the first day of the injury and could go on for many years. It requires the expertise of many medical professionals and support workers with a range of skill sets.

These professionals will be required to provide insight in order to improve the patient’s physical independence and also combat post-traumatic stress. Burn injuries can be psychologically traumatic particularly since most occur in traumatic circumstances.

While many specialist disciplines are involved in burn injury rehabilitation, there are some common rehabilitation processes which are simple enough for any professional to carry out and can even be supported by the family of the patient. It is the quality of the care time which is built around the patient which will influence the success of their rehabilitation and that is why it is so important to get access to the best care.

With the right care and the right encouragement and motivation to engage in the process of rehabilitation, it is very much possible burn patients to improve their quality of life and regain their freedom and independence.

What are the stages of burn injury rehabilitation?

Burn therapy and functional rehabilitation must be provided from admission to hospital and must continue in a joined up process along with scar and tissue treatment. In this sense, there are few real phases in the process, although many of the process involved in burn injury can be identified as early stage or later stage processes.

  • Early Rehabilitation

The early stages of rehabilitation can last for anything from a few days to several months, involving hospital inpatients or outpatients. Patients are likely to undergo several changes to the dressings on their wounds. In addition to being painful, these can be extremely frightening and traumatic.

Pain relief is extremely important in the early stages of rehabilitation. Without the right pain relief, burn patients can be reluctant to attempt various movements and activities which can be very damaging to their recovery. These activities are most successful when incorporated into the care and treatment process as early as possible. Later on, they are more psychologically difficult to uptake and might be hampered by physical contractures which have already developed in the meantime.

  • Later Rehabilitation

While the psychological impact of a burn injury can hit the patient at any time, most find the greatest impact occurs after they have been discharged from hospital. This is a crucial phase in the rehabilitation process.

Many patients may respond well to the early part of the process, only for the permanence of their situation to hit home and then they can start to experience various psychological difficulties including depression, anxiety and even aggression. The loss of their former life, their identity and their daily purpose can have a long lasting impact. At this stage, the right emotional and psychological support is essential.

This is especially true in children who may appear to regress and develop a greater dependence on their parents than they had previously experienced.

The physical effects of the injury must be treated to. Scar management is essential and there are a number of simple therapies which must be incorporated into the recovery process and carried out regularly.

On the whole, burn injury rehabilitation is a long-term process. The path is not always simple, but with the right support and professional care, it is possible for the patient to reach their maximum physical potential.

If you or a loved one have suffered serious burns as a result of an accident which was not your fault it is important to get the legal advice you need and the compensation you deserve. Call Jefferies Solicitors today on 0800 342 3206 for more information.


CLASSIFICATION OF BURNS

Burns are mostly classified by one of three categories, namely first-degree burns, second-degree burns and third-degree burns. There is another tier of classification when regarding burns such as fourth, fifth and sixth-degree burns, but this classification is usually reserved for post mortem examination as these types of burns usually result in death.

First-degree burns

A minor burn will commonly be classified as a first-degree burn. This type of burn is the most common and will usually cause the skin to appear red, with some pain. This pain will often fade away after a short time depending on the size of the affected area as it is only the top layer of the skin (the epidermis) that is damaged. A first-degree burn does not usually result in any blistering of the skin.

Second-degree Burns

Second-degree burns are far more serious than first degree burns as they will commonly cause more pain unless the nerves have been destroyed. Second-degree burns affect the deeper layers of the skin and will often cause scarring. The burn area will eventually turn red, blister and then burst, causing a risk of infection if not treated appropriately. The skin may start to look wet due to the fact the body will lose fluids through the burn, and as such if the burn covers more than 10% of the victim’s body, the victim may go into a state of shock due to excessive fluid loss.

Third-degree Burns

Third-degree burns are the most serious of burns and can sometimes be referred to as Full Thickness Burns due to the fact the skin will be completely burnt away exposing and more than likely damaging the muscles, ligaments and tendons underneath. At the time of the burn, the victim may not feel any pain due to the fact the nerves will be destroyed but will be at risk of death if the burn area is substantial. Third-degree burns will often take a long time to heal and will cause severe permanent scarring. Victims of third-degree burns will usually have to undergo skin graft treatments, as a result, to aid in healing and to protect the underlying flesh.

Common causes and victims of Burns and Scald Injuries

Of course, anyone of any age can suffer a burn or scald, but the most at-risk group of people are children and the elderly as their skin is usually more delicate.

The expert solicitors at Jefferies deal with a wide variety of burns & scalds accident compensation claims and have helped many people from all walks of life claim compensation for their injuries, however, the most common types of accidents we deal with are caused by:

  • Road accidents

o   Burns suffered from exploding airbags

o   Defective heated seats

o   Cars catching fire after accidents

  • Accidents at work

o   Burns from chemicals

o   Burns suffered due to faulty or inappropriate safety gear supplied

  • Accidents during surgeries or operations

o   Burns or scalds from clinical negligence

  • Accidents in public places

o   Burns or scalds in restaurants, cafes from hot food or drinks

o   Spillages of hot food or drinks

  • Accidents in schools or nurseries

o   Accidents from hot pipes

o   Staff leaving hot drinks where children can grab at them

These are just a few examples of the types of burn and scald injury claims the expert solicitors at Jefferies deal with.

If you or a loved one has suffered a burn or a scald due to someone else’s negligence or through no fault of your own, contact a member of our team today and get your compensation claim started today.

Contact our team on 0800 342 3206 or fill in our online contact form and speak to a member of our expert team today.


First Aid Burn Treatment

How do I treat a burn or scald injury?

When a burn or scald injury occurs, it is important to treat the problem as soon as possible and not simply to minimise discomfort. First aid is essential for limiting the amount of temporary or permanent damage done to the skin.

Fortunately, with the following first-aid techniques, you can act quickly in the event of a burn or scald to you or somebody else.

First Aid Treatment for Burns

  • Stop the burning

Remove the injured person from the area, douse flames with water or smother them with a blanket, without putting yourself at risk of getting burnt.

  • Removing clothing or accessories

If there is clothing or jewellery near the burn, remove it but do not do so if the object is stuck to the burnt skin as this may cause more damage to the skin.

  • Cool the burn

Use cool or lukewarm water to cool the burn injury for 10 to 30 minutes but do not use ice, ice water, creams or greasy substances. Where possible, apply the water within 20 minutes of the burn injury taking place.

  • Keep warm

It is important to remain warm, or keep the injured party warm if it is somebody else. This will prevent hypothermia, which is a risk when cooling a large burn area, particularly if the injured party is very young or old. Use a blanket or layers of clothing but avoid making contact with the burn.

  • Cover the burn

Use cling film to cover the burn. Place a layer over the injury. Do not wrap around the body or limb. If the burn injury has taken place on a hand or foot, a clear plastic bag can be used in place of film.

  • Treat the pain

It’s likely that the burn injury will cause a considerable amount of pain. If possible provide the victim with paracetamol or ibuprofen but always read the instructions contained within the packaging before using any kind of over the counter medication. Avoid providing aspirin to children under the age of 16.

Should I go to hospital to treat my burn?

In addition to taking the immediate steps above, it might also be necessary to go to hospital for further treatment. It’s up to you to decide if this is the right course of action to take.

We recommend a visit to A&E in the following circumstances:

  • Burns are large or deep

If the burn is larger than the victim’s hand, it is advisable to visit the hospital.

  • Full thickness burns

Full thickness burns cause white or charred skin and should always be treated at hospital.

  • Partial thickness burns

These burns cause blisters and if they occur on the face, hands, arms, feet, legs or genitals should be treated at the hospital.

  • Chemical and electrical burns

Any and all chemical or electrical burns should be treated at a hospital.

Does the burn victim need immediate medical attention?

There are other instances in which a burn victim might need medical attention as soon as possible. Immediate medical attention should always be sought if:

  • the victim has breathed in smoke or fumes
  • is coughing, having difficulty breathing or suffering from a sore throat
  • has facial burns
  • has other injuries which require medical attention
  • is going into shock (cold, clammy skin, sweating, shallow breathing, weakness etc.)
  • is under the age or 5 or over the age of 60 years old
  • is pregnant
  • has a pre-existing medical condition such as heart, lung or liver disease
  • has a weakened immune system due to HIV, AIDS, chemotherapy or other

What should I do in the event of a chemical burn?

All chemical burns require immediate medical attention since they can be extremely harmful and permanently damaging.

In the event of a chemical burn, find out which chemical caused the injury if possible and inform the medical professional at A&E.

Always wear protective clothing when helping someone else with a chemical burn; then follow these steps:

  • Remove clothing or jewellery

Remove any items which have the chemical on them.

  • Remove the bulk

If the chemical is dry, brush the chemical off the skin until it is mostly removed.

  • Rinse

Finally, use running water to remove the last traces of the chemical from the burnt area.

What should I do in the event of an electrical burn?

Electrical burns may not look as severe as some chemical or traditional burns but they can be extremely harmful and should always be treated at A&E.

Your immediate action in the event of an electrocution will differ depending on the power source. If a victim is connected to a low voltage power source such as a domestic electricity outlet, switch off the power and remove the person from the electricity source using an object which does not conduct electricity such as a wooden stick or chair. If they are connected to a higher voltage electricity source do not approach them in any circumstances.

How should I treat sunburn?

Sunburn might be far too common but that does not mean that it should be taken less seriously. In the event of sunburn symptoms, such as hot, red or painful skin, simply follow these steps.

  • Get out of the sun

Upon discovering the symptoms move into the shade or preferably move inside.

  • Cool the burn

Take a cool bath or shower to cool the area of the body affected by the sunburn.

  • Apply after-sun lotion

Use after-sun to cool, moisturise and soothe the sunburn affected area of the skin. Do not use other products which are oily or greasy.

  • Take painkillers

In the event that the sunburn is painful, use over the counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen to relieve the sensation but always read the accompanying instructions first and avoid giving aspirin to young people under the age of 16.

  • Hydrate

After burning in the sun, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration

  • Beware of heatstroke

Be vigilant for the signs of heat exhaustion or heatstroke. These conditions can cause the temperature inside the body to increase, causing dizziness, nausea and an accelerated pulse.

If heat exhaustion occurs, find a cool place, drink plenty of water and loosen all clothing. This could prevent the onset of heatstroke. If, however, symptoms persist for more than 30 minutes it is important to call an ambulance and seek medical attention.

If you or a loved one have suffered serious burns or scalds as a result of an accident which was not your fault it is important to get the legal advice you need and the compensation you deserve. Fill out our online claim form today or call Jefferies Solicitors now on 0800 342 3206 to talk to the experts.


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